KUCHING – Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg’s chief political secretary today accused Parliament Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia of disrespect for challenging Abang Johari to a public debate on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Abdullah Saidol said such rude behaviour towards the chief minister will only make Sarawakians angry at the Speaker.
“I dare [say] that Sarawakians oppose and are hurt by Pandikar Amin’s rude challenge thrown at the chief minister,” he said in response to Pandikar Amin’s challenge to debate Abang Johari.
Abdullah, who is also an assistant minister of corporate affairs, said he believed that Pandikar Amin failed to understand the sentiments of Sarawakians and Sabahans who want fair treatment from the federal government in the spirit of MA63 and in accordance with the Malaysian Constitution.
He said the provisions of the constitution related to the special rights of Sarawak and Sabah, which have been amended over the years, should be rectified.
Yesterday, the chief minister had disagreed with Pandikar Amin who said that MA63 was not an important document in the formation of Malaysia.
Abang Johari said that MA63 was very important as it defined the territorial rights of Sarawak, Sabah and Malaya as the basis in the formation of Malaysia.
At a press conference in Parliament today, Pandikar Amin said he was willing to debate Abang Johari on MA63.
“If he (Abang Johari) disagrees with me 10 times, I disagree with him 100 times,” Pandikar Amin was quoted as saying.
“I am used to listening what the Penang Chief Minister and the Selangor Mentri Besar say all the time — so it doesn’t make a difference to me what is the opinion of the Sarawak Chief Minister,” the Speaker, who is a Sabahan, had added.
– Malay Mail